In the March 1978 issue of energy policy, G. Charlesworth and T.M. Baker published an article on future transport fuels (see IRRD abstract no 232083). Of the two principal alternatives to petroleum-based fuels - electricity and coal-derived liquids - the authors chose to devote primary attention to electricity and to the implications of a shift from heat engines to battery electric vehicles. The purpose of this article is not to refute their findings, but to point out that their conclusions apply only to the UK and to countries with similar resource bases (such as other European countries and Japan). Changes in automotive engine design and in the fuels to power motor vehicles are likely to have a very different effect in countries such as the usa and Brazil. In the USA, synthetic fuel production, together with supplementary alcohol production will probably permit the continued use of a heat engine powered vehicle. In nations such as Brazil, alcohol is already established in the transport fuel system and in the future may become the dominant fuel. /TRRL/

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    IPC Science and Technology Press Limited

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  • Authors:
    • BARRON, W F
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 234-236
  • Serial:
    • Energy Policy
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Butterworth Scientific Limited
    • ISSN: 0301-4215

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189251
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1979 12:00AM